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Jim Mattis On Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Call Sign Chaos is Jim Mattis’s memoir of his lifelong journey from marine recruit to four-star general and secretary of defense. It’s also the story of his quest to learn from every experience and pass on those lessons, so that future generations can plan better, lead better, and do and be better, thus creating a safer and more successful United States and world.

Featured

No, This Isn’t The Fall Of Rome

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 12, 2019

“A republic, madam — if you can keep it.” That was supposedly Benjamin Franklin’s reply to a woman who asked him the result of the Constitutional Convention after it adjourned, in 1787.

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Pacific Century: Richard McGregor, The Party, And Pushback Against Xi Jinping? Also, South Korea And Japan Trade War Heats Up

interview with Richard McGregor, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Monday, August 12, 2019

Author Richard McGregor discusses what keeps Xi Jinping on top, but is Xi facing a fall?

In the News

Afghanistan, Counterinsurgency, And The Indirect Approach

mentioning Thomas H. Henriksenvia Readings
Friday, August 2, 2019
In exploring Counterinsurgency and the Indirect Approach, Dr. Thomas Henriksen assesses several cases where the United States has employed an Indirect Approach toward achieving strategic objectives, and he suggests where this concept has landed short of expectations.
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Pacific Century: Trump Versus China: John Pomfret Reacts

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoo, John Pomfretvia The Pacific Century
Monday, July 29, 2019

The White House’s new China policy splits the US foreign policy community.

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The Classicist: Thinking Strategically About Iran

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Why restraint with Tehran may be the most effective position for national security hawks.

Analysis and Commentary

To Win On Iran, Trump Should Take A Page From Reagan's Diplomatic Playbook

by Abbas Milanivia The Hill
Friday, July 19, 2019

A perilous impasse exists between the Trump administration’s strident policy of “maximum pressure” and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s no less strident policy of “no negotiation” with the United States. One way out of this fraught situation is a policy that appears to be a lose-lose for both sides but, in reality, is a win-win for all sides.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Iran Will Never Give Up On Nuclear Weapons

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Friday, July 12, 2019

This week, Donald Trump repeated an American mantra: “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.” But in due time it will, because it can, and because it has long seen the Bomb to be in its national interest. But is there an upside?

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Jack Goldsmith Talks To Former Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, July 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith interviews Ash Carter about Carter's new book, his time as head of the Pentagon, the challenges of conveying national security threats to the American public, the Obama administration's response to the rise of the Islamic State, offensive cyber operations, and the role of lawyers in defense policy.

In the News

How Cyber Weapons Are Changing The Landscape Of Modern Warfare

quoting Herbert Linvia The New Yorker
Thursday, July 18, 2019
In the weeks before two Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers were attacked, on June 13th, in the Gulf of Oman—acts which the United States attributes to Iran—American military strategists were planning a cyberattack on critical parts of that country’s digital infrastructure.

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